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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Prostitutes, Menstrual Blood, Minor-wives, and Feeding the Ducks

Prostitutes, Menstrual Blood, Minor-wives, and Feeding the Ducks

Learning about Gender in Thailand

(p.111) Prostitutes, Menstrual Blood, Minor-wives, and Feeding the Ducks
At Home and in the Field

LeeRay M. Costa

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shares some anecdotes on the author's fieldwork as a female-bodied woman seeking to make sense of gender in Thailand. The experiences revealed therein, while humorous, reveal how gender inequality is further reinforced by sexual inequality in Thai society. Thai women are often denied full expression of their sexuality while men are encouraged to cheat on their wives as evidence of both their masculinity and social power. Yet, wherever there is power, there is also resistance. Thai women have not accepted this sexual inequality without a fight, and as revealed in the chapter, young Thai women in particular seemed to be stretching the boundaries of what it means to be a woman and a sexual being, asserting their agency in the process.

Keywords:   Thailand, gender inequality, sexual inequality, Thai women, masculinity, social power, prostitution, menstruation, mia noi

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